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With role responsibilities, Lunch n Learn sessions, intern project and E-Learning sessions there was plenty to get involved with, creating plenty of networking opportunities.
Great team to work with, everyone is very friendly and happy to spend time with you to help your learning. Most give you work that does add value.
Manager was brilliant, always able to spare time to take me through procedures, show me what he was doing, explain anything I hadn't quite grasped. He encouraged others to work with me in order to broaden my knowledge and always checked that I had plenty to do.
Workload increased throughout the internship; as my knowledge grew I was able to take on more tasks myself. There were quieter days obviously when I had some down time to complete a quick e-learning course or research something I had heard mentioned and wanted to know more on. But on occassions I would be continuously working throughout the day.
There were certain tasks that I fully owned and had to report progress back to the Project Manager at daily meetings. Other tasks were simply supporting the experts.
Teamwork and communication were the main ones in this role. Developed through both day to day work tasks and extra intern projects.
Relaxed but focussed. I was encouraged to walk around the office when I needed to speak to someone rather than emailing people across the room. My team were very friendly and interesting.
From initial training, through the various learning activities over the internship up to the closing breakfast, the internship was very well structured and organised.
Initial training on financial markets/products, Lunch and Learn sessions with some quite senior people in the bank, vast amount of online e-learning courses.
Chance to progress straight on to Graduate Scheme in a year's time for most interns (depending on graduate spaces available obviously). Would definitely return to RBC if given an offer.
Plenty of socialising with the 40 odd interns, team drinks etc.
Obviously in the City drinks and living etc are as pricey as expected but not outrageous. (There are still Wetherspoons'!)
HR events and intern projects were a nice opportunity to get away from your desk for an hour or two.
Internship (1-4 Months)
Central London and City